Blacktip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus nigripinnis Click to enlarge image
A Blacktip Cucumberfish caught on a bait jig at the 12 mile reef off Bermagui, New South Wales, May 2011. Image: Greg Barea
© Greg Barea

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    nigripinnis
    Genus
    Paraulopus
    Family
    Paraulopidae
    Order
    Aulopiformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to about 28 cm in length.

Identification

The Blacktip Cucumberfish can be recognised by its colouration. It is greenish above, silvery below and has black dorsal and caudal fin tips.

Habitat

It is a bottom dwelling species that is known from depths of 65 m to 600 m.

Distribution

It occurs in southern Australian waters and in New Zealand.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.



References

  1. Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.